L-3 Avionics Systems’ Tactical Airborne Navigation System (TACAN) has been selected by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd for its PC-9M Advanced Turbo Trainer. The TACAN equipped PC-9M will be utilized by the Bulgarian Air Force.
With more than 260 aircraft sold, the PC-9 is established as an advanced pilot trainer. The aircraft features modern avionics, including a Heads-Up Display (HUD) with mission recording capability. Equipped with the L-3 TACAN system, the aircraft will have the capability to track up to four ground stations simultaneously in range and two in bearing. The TACAN system consists of a Receiver/Transmitter model RT-1634(V). The system’s navigation information will display directly onto the PC-9’s Primary Flight and Head Up Displays and can be used for air-to-air or air-to-ground operations.
The L-3 TACAN will provide navigation information such as DME Distance, TACAN Radial or Bearing, decoded station ident, groundspeed, and time-to-station. Pilots may display one, two, or both TACAN tuned stations simultaneously according to in-flight needs. The L-3 TACAN can also be used as a pilot-controlled positioning system and/or as a blind navigation sensor, controlled by one or more long-range navigation systems.